Tobacco smoking and complications in elective microsurgery.

  title={Tobacco smoking and complications in elective microsurgery.},
  author={W F Reus and Lawrence B Colen and D J Straker},
  journal={Plastic and reconstructive surgery},
  volume={89 3},
This study assesses the risk for complications in patients who chronically smoke but who have quit in the perioperative period of an elective free-tissue transfer as compared with patients who do not smoke. A retrospective review identified 104 free-tissue transfers in 93 smokers and 58 transfers in 51 nonsmokers. The demographics, wound etiology, and recipient sites were similar in the two populations. With the exception of a higher incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD… CONTINUE READING
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